The Reds extended Jay Bruce, which could help set the value of McCutchen.

I've talked a lot about Andrew McCutchen this off-season, both in terms of the possibility that he could be a Super Two player following the 2011 season, as well as what it could cost to extend him and buy out some free agent years.  So far, the Pirates haven't contacted McCutchen about an extension, although the market for his extension may be set.

Last night the Cincinnati Reds reached an extension with outfielder Jay Bruce, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.  Bruce, who was Super Two eligible this off-season, signed for six years and $51 M guaranteed, which buys out all four arbitration years, plus two free agent years.  The deal also has an option for a seventh year at $13 M, with a $1 M buyout.

Bruce ...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.